First ever Community Strategic Plan for the Central Coast adopted

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The first ever Community Strategic Plan for the region, titled ‘One–Central Coast’ was adopted by Central Coast Council, when it met on June 25.

The plan represents the culmination of 18 months of extensive consultation with the community and establishes a roadmap for the future of the Central Coast over the next decade. Mayor Jane Smith said the process to develop the Coast’s first ever Community Strategic Plan engaged many thousands of people in the local community and is a true representation of what our community think, feel, want and value.

“The adoption of the first Community Strategic Plan for the Central Coast is significant in many ways,” Mayor Smith said.

“It is the first single plan that defines the priorities of our community and represents a considered and evidence-based roadmap for the future of the Central Coast. “It defines the environmental and social qualities the community has told us they love about the Central Coast and provides a clear path of action for what Council needs to prioritise and deliver to meet the needs of our growing population. The Plan comprises five key themes, based on this vision, that encapsulate the voice and values of the Central Coast community: Belonging; Smart; Green; Responsible; and, Liveable.

The Plan also defines a Community vision – “We are One Central Coast, a smart, green, and liveable region with a shared sense of belonging and responsibility.” Connected Communities Director, Ms Julie Vaughan, said the Plan will enhance the day-to-day lives and opportunities of the Central Coast community through effective decisionmaking, planning and service delivery across all government and nongovernment agencies.

“Council alone cannot deliver the outcomes and objectives of this first-ever Community Strategic Plan,” Ms Vaughan said.

“Shared decision making and effective working partnerships with government agencies, non-government organisations, business, and of course, our local community, will be critical to our collective success as a region.

“Together, we can create a vibrant and sustainable future for the Central Coast.” The draft Plan was exhibited for a period of 28 days, from April 30 to May 28, with a total of 30 submissions received. To view the final Plan, visit yourvoiceourcoast. com Supporting the Community Strategic Plan is the adoption of the Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2018-19 and Resourcing Strategy, which have been developed based on the community aspirations and priorities voiced in the Community Strategic Plan. These documents provide a three-year plan of priorities and a detailed one year plan of actions and projects. Together, these documents clearly link to the Community Strategic Plan and demonstrate Council’s commitment to delivering ‘One – Central Coast’.

Source: Media release, Jun 25 Central Coast Council media